A blog from Visual Jill, East Bay Interior Design

A blog from Visual Jill, East Bay Interior Design

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

One Love: Alameda Flea Market

Their Trash Can Be Your Treasure!!!

Flea Markets are a great place to find items for your home.  Our favorite place to go is the Alameda Point Antiques Faire.  It's  every first sunday of every month at the 7-25 Alameda Point.  Here's a few images from one of our trips to the faire.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Black and White: A Classic

When asked "are black and white colors?", you may not be so sure of the answer.  Some say that black is the absence of color, and white is all colors.  Others may just simply say they both are colors.   Well we know one  thing is for sure.  Whether or not they are or aren't, you can never go wrong with black and white!!  Its chic, its bold, its graphic, and most importantly its classic!  White can be used for the subtleties in a space, while black can make the big statement.  Finding the perfect balance of the contrasting "colors" can create a room that is beautiful, bold, and timeless.

Look How Easy It Is!!   
We simply changed out our pillows, a lamp and added a black ottoman,  and we created a whole new look and feel!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Creating Harmony In Your Outdoor Spaces

It's summer  and the sun is finally out so your going to spend a lot more time enjoying your outdoor spaces.  This is a great opportunity to create harmony between your indoor and outdoor decor.  Outdoor spaces are an extension of your home therefore the enhancements and attention to detail that you apply to the inside of your home can do wonders on the outside as well. A simple way to do this is by taking the color theme from indoors and applying it to your outdoor space with pillows, rugs, and accessories.
Remember that it's about utilizing your personal style and having fun!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Natural Beauty for the Home

5 Ways to Add Natural Elements to Your Home for the Summer

What better place than your own home to start enjoying the beautiful neutral colors and textures of summer.  This is the best time to begin adding simple elements to your indoor or outdoor rooms. Here are 5 ways to add natural beauty to your home:

1. Furniture:
Furniture made of natural materials adds a dynamic focal point in a room.

(Peyton Ottoman, Ralph LaurenHouse Beautiful Magazine)

2.  Rugs:  
Adding a natural rug to your room is a quick way to freshen up your space.

3. Storage:
Woven baskets and wooden units can add lots texture and function to any room.

(Woven Drink Bucket, West Elm)
(Senegalese Storage Collection, Serena & Lily)
(Bamboo Sideboard, Mike Charlton, Elle Decoration Magazine)
(Elle Decoration Magazine)

4. Accessories: 
Touches here and there of everyday items like straw hats, cotton or linen scarves, woven purses, etc, are a fun way to add character to your home.

(Elle Decoration Magazine)

5. Whimsical Outdoor Furniture:  
We all have a bit of kid left in us right?  Kicking back in a fun and comfy furniture piece is an excellent way to escape  during a sunny afternoon.

(LifeShop Collection)
(Anthropologie Catalog)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

One Love: I Say Good-Bye and You Say Hello

It's a Visual Jill changing of the guard: our Senior Designer, Kyoko, is moving to Providence, RI to get her Master's in Interior Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. We are so excited for her and know she will have an amazing experience. She has been an invaluable part of Visual Jill and while we will miss her a lot, we know there are great things in store for her.
Thank you, Kyoko, for all you have done during your time at Visual Jill! We look forward to hearing about your adventures on the east coast (maybe as a guest blogger here at the Visual Jill blog...?)

As we bid Kyoko a very heartfelt adieu, we'd like to give an equally heartfelt welcome to our new Assistant Designer, Aisha! Aisha recently received her Bachelors in Interior Design from the California College of the Arts, and we are just thrilled that she will be joining our team.
Welcome, Aisha, we are so happy you are here! We look forward to having your creative talents and skills in our company!